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This review is from: To Be Loved (Audio CD)
After the instant-classic status of the Christmas album and the brilliant Crazy Love, this is something of a step backwards for Buble. I have no problem with him recording Sinatra classics providing he does something original with them, but he doesn't manage that here. You Make Me Feel So Young, Young at Heart and Something Stupid all have very generic arrangements that add nothing to what has been done with the songs before. Buble sings them well, but it's almost a Sinatra karaoke night - Buble's voice over what are basically Sinatra's arrangements. The Buble originals just don't sound very original, following the same format as those on Crazy Love, but less classy.
There are some nice moments. The old country tune Have I Told You Lately That I Love You gets a nice swing workover, and You've Got A Friend In Me also exhibits some of the life that was in the last two albums, especially when the instrumental kicks in. Who's Lovin' You finds Buble biting off more than he can chew; he simply doesn't have the vocal chops to tackle a song of this type. Perhaps the best song is the title number, which is probably best known over in America as a Jackie Wilson hit, but in the UK as a hit for the now-forgotten 50s crooner Malcolm Vaughan. The arrangement here is modern and sassy and shows what this album could have been.
Overall, there is definitely something lacking here. It all seems a bit Buble-by-numbers, even a little bit fake. Perhaps it's just trying too hard to please fans, a bit like the horrendous, overly-photo-shopped image on the front cover.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2013 19:00:56 BDT
bobby morrow says:
I think he definitely peaked with Crazy Love. When you hear him over-sing his was through You Make Me Feel So Young, you know it's probably downhill after that. Another problem is the original songs. I've loved the ones before and have requested more on each album. There are 4 on here, but they're all weak and unmemorable. The 1st single is especially disappointing and just seems to peter out limply. Something Stupid is flat too. Bring back the Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman version! Worst moment has to be Come Dance With Me. It's horrible! Why does he insist on recording songs out of his range that make his voice crack? I think maybe the Buble's burst...
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2013 01:27:00 BDT
Shane Brown says:
Both Crazy Love and the Christmas album benefitted from imaginativearrangements - Blue Christmas was given a New Orleans makeover, and the arrangement of Cry Me A River is now instantly recognisable. But there is very little memorable here, sadly.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2013 07:10:40 BDT
bobby morrow says:
I suppose he's had a good run. There's only so many times you can rework old songs and make them sound fresh... This to me is his poorest album since It's Time which was over-produced and over-sung.
I'm really let down by the original songs, though. It's A Beautiful Day is a pale retread of (the excellent) Haven't Met You Yet and just seems to fizzle out like he's gotten bored with it himself!
Buble has a wonderful voice but he does seem to seek out material that highlight it's limitations.
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